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Rome to be 'Open City' says Renzi

'Transparency and responsibility,' PM tweets

04 March, 10:55
Rome to be 'Open City' says Renzi (ANSA) - Rome, March 4 - Rome will be an Open City, Premier Matteo Renzi said Tuesday, citing Roberto Rossellini's neorealist classic, saying the cash-strapped and troubled government of the Italian capital should be marked by "transparency and responsibility in this extraordinary city". Renzi was tweeting back to Vanity Fair which asked him if Rome's financial crisis and government bailout reminded him more of Woody Allen's Take The Money And Run or Rossellini's groundbreaking postwar film.

The government stepped in last week to bail out Rome after Mayor Ignazio Marino threatened to bring the capital to a standstill and pull the plug on the upcoming canonisations of two past popes, John Paul II and John XXIII.